LEE GRUENFELD was born in New York in 1950. At the age of six, he won a scholarship to study piano at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, an avocation he has pursued ever since. After attaining a double degree in psychology and philosophy, he declined a fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. and entered the computer field instead. He became nationwide manager of systems development for a pioneering computer timesharing company, then joined the professional services firm Deloitte as a management consultant specializing in advanced information technology. In 1991, he resigned his partnership in the firm to pursue a full-time writing career.
His first novel, Irreparable Harm, earned a record-setting advance from Warner Books. A Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate, it was published in eleven countries and optioned by Warner Bros. Television. The audio edition was read by Angie Dickinson.
His second book for Warner Books, All Fall Down, is an historical novel about aviation inspired in part by Lee's experiences in acquiring his commercial pilot's license. A " New York Times Notable Book of the Year" for 1994, All Fall Down was published in six countries and was under option to Columbia Pictures until the events of 9/11 forced the project's cancellation owing to the nature of the book: The plot centered around a terrorist who masterminded an airplane crash.
The Halls of Justice was published in 1996 by Dutton Books and went into a second printing six weeks after its release. The paperback edition, published in 1997, went through four printings, with an audio edition read by Barry Williams. The Expert, published by Dutton in 1998, grew out of Lee's experiences as an expert witness in computer-related litigation. The Street, published by Doubleday in 2001, was notable for predicting the dot.com bust. It was published less than a month before that meltdown actually happened.
In 1999 Lee published The Green, his first novel under the pseudonym "Troon McAllister" and the PGA Tour's " Book of the Year." He followed it up in 2000 with The Foursome and then a novel about baseball, The Kid Who Batted 1.000, in 2002. All were published by Doubleday; film rights to The Green were sold in 2016. Rugged Land Books published two more Troon McAllister novels: Scratch, in 2003, and Barranca, in 2004. The central character in the four golf novels, Eddie Caminetti, is the only fictional character to have a professional golf tournament named for him, the Caminetti Cup . (Participants are required to have read The Green and pass a test on its contents. More here.)
Lee's first non-fiction effort was Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief , the story of Bill Mason, the greatest jewel thief who ever lived. Written in collaboration with Mason himself, it was published by Random House in 2004, with film rights optioned by Columbia Pictures and Stormchaser.
In 2008, Lee co-wrote four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's autobiography, Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey, published by Simon & Schuster. The book reached #5 on the Times of London bestseller list. Two years later he teamed with with John Brenkus of ESPN Sport Science to write The Perfection Point, which rose to #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. An anthology of his columns for the IRONMAN website, Stumbling Towards the Finish Line, appeared in 2013. Lee's latest effort was co-authoring MIKE REILLY: Finding My Voice, with the legendary race announcer who has called over 400,000 athletes over IRONMAN finish lines.
An experienced public speaker on such topics as computer law, language and futuristic computing technologies, Lee has written regular columns and feature articles for Computerworld, as well as major pieces for a variety of other computer publications. Currently the technology columnist for Newsmax.com, he has also been a columnist and photographer for Ironman.com, the official website of the World Triathlon Corporation. He and his wife, Cherie, a former computer industry executive and now one of the world's most celebrated master's IRONMAN triathletes, live in Southern California.